Steak – “au Contraire”

Red meat climate tax

Steak – “au Contraire”

Red meat - KaiserBy Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
6 May 2016

“The Danish Council of Ethics (DCE) wants its Government to do a Robin Hood – but instead of robbing the rich, it would be red meat, while wind turbines take the place of the poor” as reported by the Market Business News (MBN).

More specifically, the council advocates a “red meat climate tax” imposed by the government. Having to pay what is already among the highest electricity rates within the European Union is not enough for some do-gooders in Denmark. Obviously, more punitive measures are necessary.


You, dear Readers, really ought to be ashamed of yourself; how could you even ask such a question? Don’t you know that cattle, like other ruminants, emit carbon dioxide and methane? Don’t you know that they require grass or similar plants as fodder? Not to mention their need of water to live?

The same MBN report states that the council’s “members debated the issue for the past six months.” Whoopee do, does that mean a few people meeting a couple of times in a pub over a pint or two?

Of course, as you might have guessed already, it’s all for a “good cause,” specifically lowering any carbon dioxide (CO2) or methane (CH4) emissions that are claimed to rapidly drive the globe towards a heat stroke or something similar. Not that there has ever been any scientific proof of either gas to have that claimed effect on the climate. And, by the way, CO2 is present in the atmosphere at an astonishing 0.04% and CH4 at an even more mind-boggling concentration of 0.0002%.

Clearly then, these two invisible gases must be the cause of all hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, draughts, heat waves, cold spells, and any other natural disasters that the earth experiences. Oh, if the world were just that simple!

Whilst this news is circling the globe, I did a little searching on the web. Much to my surprise, that famed council seems to have a rather limited profile.

Danish Council of Ethics

To begin with, one wonders if it is still alive. Searching the web you’ll eventually come across a link to , an internet site that appears to be available in the Danish language only. My attempt to contact them at the given email address did not result in a response (within 4 days). Consequently, it would appear to consist of not much more than a handful of deluded Danes.

But that’s just the beginning. The MBN report also states “For the moment the [council’s] recommendation is limited to red meat…”  In plain English: If that’s successful, then similar recommendations about pork, chicken, fish, and any other animal protein will likely follow. In short, they’ll probably want to make a vegan out of you – while living well on “steak” themselves.

It all boils down to the annual consumption rate per person and that’s where the Danes are doing rather well, as you can see in the following.

Meat Consumption per Capita

To prove my point, have a look at the (abbreviated) table that shows meat consumption (for the most recent year available, 2002) at. In all, that page lists per capita meat consumption for 180 countries. In fact, Denmark is shown to be on top, with 146 kg/person per year.

Meat consumption - KaiserAnnual meat consumption in kg per capita, data from the link above.

Another, more recent (2012) compilation at ProCon has the people of Luxembourg on top with an annual consumption of total (beef, pork, poultry, mutton & goat, and “other”) meat at 136 kg/yr with the Danes in close pursuit.

Really, the exact numbers or of who eats more or less meat in which year don’t matter at all. The data mentioned above, if you take them seriously in context of the DCE proclamation, mean you have already fallen for the trap.

With that I mean the very idea that any group, like the DCE or the United Nations could or should be empowered to tell you what or how much to eat or how often.

Henceforth, what Meat are You Allowed to Eat?

In other words, I don’t think the world needs any organisation to prescribe your food, certainly not a small group of deluded Danes nor an unelected and un-accountable group of UN (United Nations) functionaries. Unfortunately, just some Danish government officials responding to the DCE’s musings alone gives some level of credence to the very thought of that council’s idea.

The whole idea is trial balloon, of course, with UN backing (at least implicit) that serves to make you shudder.
See, they’ve won already!

“PC” (political correct) speech was just the beginning. Now the progressive mind is on to your food consumption too. I have no problem with vegetarians but whatever your food preference may be, I still like my

Steak – “au Contraire”


Dr Klaus L E KaiserDr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser is a professional scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Technical University, Munich, Germany. He has worked as a research scientist and project chief at Environment Canada‘s Canada Centre for Inland Waters for over 30 years and is currently Director of Research at TerraBase Inc. He is author of nearly 300 publications in scientific journals, government and agency reports, books, computer programs, trade magazines, and newspaper articles.

Dr. Kaiser has been president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, a peer reviewer of numerous scientific papers for several journals, Editor-in-Chief of the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada for nearly a decade, and an adjunct professor. He has contributed to a variety of scientific projects and reports and has made many presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Kaiser is author of CONVENIENT MYTHS, the green revolution – perceptions, politics, and facts

Dr. Kaiser can be reached at:


18 thoughts on “Steak – “au Contraire””

    • That whole bunch remind me of PETA, a bunch of nutcases if I ever saw them! Unfortunately they are headquartered about 40 miles from where I live, so I hear about PETA’s antics quite often. Among other things, they were pushing to change the name of tuna fish to “sea kittens” … with the assumption that if you changed the name, those HUGE fish would suddenly be thought of as “cute” and people wouldn’t chose to eat them.

      I also despise the concept of other people trying to tell me what to eat. In the US in recent years (including a big push from Michelle Obama) there has been a lot of that going on. Attempts (some successful) to ban salt, sugar, fat, now one the the big pushes is to ban bottled water.

      A lot of the young people I know from work (in their 20s mostly) have developed all kinds of weird self-diagnosed food problems. The top one at present is “gluten intolerance” … now I know a person who has real gluten intolerance (diagnosed by a doctor, after she was hospitalize). and nearly died)… so I know it’s real for some people, but supposedly about 1% of the population. At my work place it’s about 30% who claim it, along with various other food intolerance. For a while it was nearly impossible to have any kind of social event where people brought in food because of all the supposed restrictions (gluten free, dairy free, etc. etc. etc).

      One of the most silly ideas was the “Paleo” cake… someone brought in. It was chocolate and coconut… nothing I object to, but the facts remain. In the Paleolithic (several interesting articles I’ve read about diet in those times from actual archaeologists who specialize in that era) … we still didn’t know how to use metals (therefore no cake pans), cake hadn’t been invented… and neither chocolate nor coconut are native to Virginia… nor can they grow here.

      Finally it go to the point where most people realized how silly the whole thing was and stopped catering to everyone’s supposed “need”… when we had our recent 10th anniversary (for the department) they had just two cakes… one large real cake (which got gobbled up in a jiffy!) and one very small gluten free one (which only got 1/2 eaten). Thank goodness!

      • I had surgery in 98 and became gluten intolerant, mis diagnosed by three doctors, I ate it for six yrs. not knowing. thought I would soon be in a wheel chair or die, read my nutritional healing guide for weeks until I found the symptoms, only took me 2 weeks to know for sure changing my diet, took several years to get it all out of my diet because FDA lies about it. It was even in my water softener salt- citric acid from China, the salt co. told me. You must know the law, FDA allows 5% of anything not to be listed on the label. Now I know a lot of people jump on feel good diets & band wagons, and there is different levels of intolerance, but no one I know would cheat, you pay and it’s not pleasant. Gluten drags you down more than you know, affects your brain and is why to many are overweight.

        • I am now almost 58 and my bones are sore but I can work and think circles around most people my age. I am very glad I don’t eat it, the diet is very well worth it for anyone, you will feel much better. You are NOT supposed to be eating wheat in every thing you eat. Feed your Brain- feed your body.

  1. more left wing communism? They need to be wiped off the face of the Planet and galaxy! And with an approaching ice age?? Imagine that!

  2. what’s next?
    a hamburger tax? a cheese tax? Chicken tax? Beef tax? Cattle tax? Hot dog tax? Pizza tax? Ham tax? Corn tax? Salad tax? Vegetable tax? Juice tax? Air tax?
    and in the end, a tax on tax???

  3. If cows, chickens, etc. were not eating the grass, the grass would be taller, thereby emitting more O2, which would result in more and more severe fires around the world, which would surely result in more global warming!

    Wonder if I can get a govt grant to study the effect of steak eating on the climate. Outback, anyone?

  4. Drill down, and you will find these anti-meat initiatives being pushed by the vegan/animal rights crowd. They are using the climate change religion to push their agenda.

    Arguments can be made that red meat production is kinder to the land and to the environment in general than grain production. As a producer of both, I am saddened that so many people in modern society resent the handful of folks who provide them with their sustenance.

    • Thank you for your hard work, Ian! No tougher job exists than that of a farmer/rancher. I, too, agree that urban elites who have an antiquated, quaint idea of what farming is like — or merely are completely ignorant of where their food comes from — really piss me off with their holier-than-thou attitudes.

      If someone wants to eat less meat for personal health reasons then that’s fine and I support their decision. But if they’re doing it to “save the planet”, or want to impose their ideology on me then no longer is it a matter of free expression but oppression and control. Denmark and most of Europe is lost anyway with their failed multiculturalism experiment, so I don’t have much sympathy for their self-directed extermination whether it’s through a proposed meat tax or open borders policy.

  5. I am always amazed at the size of the egos of progressive Europeans and Americans. If you watch the videos of Hans Rosling and company over at you will eventually realize that Western Civilization is fast becoming a backwater of the global economy. In less than a couple of decades Asia will be making economic decisions on a global scale. Their economic positions are rising fast and they will outnumber us 4 to 1.

    It is obvious that they have opted for coal, gas, and nuclear reactors, all cheap energy, to power their economies and we will not stop them. Western groups will be ignored in the future, I suspect.

  6. These “Greens” are missing another point.

    If we eat less meat, or none, we leave a lot of grass on many millions of acres of grazing land uneaten, it does not become food for cattle, or us.

    Then we have to plow even more grassland, rangeland, to grow even more grains and veggies to provide the calories, the food, we’re not getting from meat to feed a growing global population . . . and we have to run the tractors and trucks to farm all those millions of acres of new farmland . . . and they run on gasoline and diesel emitting more CO2 into the air, so it seems highly improbable that taxing meat or even going Vegan will have any net effect on CO2 emissions, it may increase them.

    When beef is outlawed, only outlaws will eat beef.

  7. The nut jobs you are talking about are information suppressors/confusers, pay no attention to people like the Odumbo’s. Gov wants you stupid and high opiated wheat is helping them do it to you! No one can change that but you.

  8. Hey, the Beatles said it all 40+ years ago-

    “Taxman” lyrics






    Let me tell you how it will be
    There’s one for you, nineteen for me
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

    Should five per cent appear too small
    Be thankful I don’t take it all
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

    If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street
    If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat
    If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat
    If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet

    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

    Don’t ask me what I want it for (Aahh Mr. Wilson)
    If you don’t want to pay some more (Aahh Mr. Heath)
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

    Now my advice for those who die
    Declare the pennies on your eyes
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

    And you’re working for no one but me

  9. What’s always been absurd about this argument is that before there were millions of cattle here, there were 60 million bison here, and, well, bison have more of a metabolism, presumably more methane since the beginning of time as far as humans are concerned. So why are belching cattle suddenly a concern? The same reason that any other agricultural product produced domestically is suddenly evil and anything from a third world country is the greatest thing since sliced bread, healthy and good.

    A brain should be required to make these sorts of proclamations. After what they’ve done to me, I only have half of one left, and I still know how absurd this is.

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